[time-nuts] Standards for units

Chuck Harris cfharris at erols.com
Tue Apr 3 21:10:27 EDT 2007


Palfreyman, Jim L wrote:
> Are there actually US people on this list who actually continue to
> advocate the use of non-metric units in their country? Speak up!
> 
> Well the USA ever go metric?
> 
> As an Australian, why would I care, you may ask? 
> 
> Well because of the dominance of the US market, some things can be sold
> here using imperial units. My biggest beef is televisions. Some (mainly
> CRTs) are sold in cm. Others (plasmas and LCDs) are marketed in inches.
> You walk into a shop and you a greeted with dual units. It is terrible!
> 
> The key to making metric work is to completely chuck out the use of
> non-metric units. Having to convert is the hard bit. We've been metric
> for 35 years and still having to convert from inches to cm because of
> the United States is so annoying!
> 
> I find it hard to understand why a country as advanced as the US sticks
> with such an antiquated system. I don't get it.

Because we like it?

Because we can?

-Chuck Harris




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